International Influence: 3 Regions that are Inspiring Major Decorating Trends

Searching for ideas for your home decor? Why not take a cue from top designers and furniture makers and look abroad? International cultures, motifs, and textiles have long been a source of inspiration for home decor, and can provide an incredible amount of unique inspiration that could be exactly what your design needs. So where to begin on a global search for inspiration? Right now, there are three major regional decorating trends permeating the design world that are the perfect places to start.

1. Chinoiserie. Chinoiserie literally means "a style reflecting Chinese qualities or motifs," and you've probably noticed it on design blogs and Pinterest for the past year or so. From blue-and-white Chinese porcelain, to dragon patterned wallpaper, and porcelain Foo-Dogs, there are a ton of ways to incorporate this look at home. For the best results, mixed Chinoiserie style with traditional or bright, preppy decor.

Chinoiserie decor trend - Laurel bernin interiors

decorating trend - Dog Ate My

chinoiserie decorating trend - Laura tutun interiors

2. Moroccan-Inspired. Everything from the country's distinct architecture to the souks of Marrakech have been tapped for inspiration in the design world lately. You've probably noticed an abundance of leather floor poufs, Moravian star pendants, carved tea tables, and rich colored fabrics in stores these days, all of which are inspired by Morocco. 

Image via Royal Design Studio

Moroccan poufs and traditional furniture create and eclectic living space. Image via Bohemian Treehouse

Moroccan Decorating Trend - Image via From Moon to Moon

3. The Tropics Island-influenced style, from lacquered bamboo furniture to pineapple and banana-leaf prints, and rattan everything has been everywhere in interior design this year. To keep the look from becoming too theme-y, stick to one or two motifs, a tight color palette of three or four hues (max), and mix in the tropical look with clean, simple styles.

tropical decor - AD

tropical decor - Sarah M Dorsey Designs

tropical decor -sarah sarna

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